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Peter Guber        

CEO and Founder of Mandalay Entertainment; Golden State Warriors Partner; Bestselling Author

Peter Guber is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group. Prior to Mandalay, Peter was Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment, Co-Founder of Casablanca Record & Films and President of Columbia Pictures. He produced or executive produced (personally or through his companies) films that garnered five Best Picture Academy Award nominations (winning for Rain Man) and box office hits that include The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Batman, Flashdance, The Kids Are All Right and Soul Surfer.

Peter Guber is operating Owner of the 2015 and 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Owner and Executive Chairman of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). He is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board and an investor for NextVR, which provides exclusive access to sports, music, and entertainment immersive experiences in virtual reality. Peter Guber is Co-Executive Chairman of aXiomatic, a broad-based esports and gaming company, and Co-Owner of Team Liquid, a premier esports organization and among the industry’s most storied and respected brands. Peter Guber is a Regent of the University of California and has been a professor at UCLA for 40 years.

Peter Guber is a noted author with works including Shootout: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood, which became a 7-year television series on AMC which he hosted. He wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review titled, The Four Truths of the Storyteller. His most recent business book, Tell to Win – Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

Speech Topics


Leading In Uncertain Times – What’s Your Story?

Be warned….in uncertain times, if leaders don’t have a story that gives focus to their resources and resourcefulness, someone else will write their future – and it won’t turn out well!

In this compelling, transformative keynote, “StoryMan” Peter Guber empowers, enlightens and exhorts leaders to tap into their innate story telling ability and to use this skill to persuade others to act toward common goals. Often misperceived as lacking power, many leaders avoid story, employing instead soulless information, data, and PowerPoint bullets to motivate their listeners. Yet, when the chips are down, as they are in tumultuous times, it’s the emotional power that counts.

During this no holds-barred experience, Guber shares his methodology of how to use story to overcome the three navigation stakes challenging all leaders during trying times:

There's No Business Without Show Business

There's no business without show business! If you can't show "it," articulate what "it" is, and incite and excite others to viral market "it" for you—no matter what you call "it" in your business—you've got a flop. As someone who has had his share of profitable and critically acclaimed successes with such hit films as Batman, Rain Man, Flashdance, and The Kids Are All Right, in addition to owning and managing record-breaking professional Minor League Baseball teams and stadiums, Peter Guber—the current owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers—is in the hit-generating business.

But his journey hasn't been without its misses. In a career that's spanned four decades, Guber has also suffered highly public flops like a professional hockey team where the audience didn't give a puck, and movies like Bonfire of the Vanities, where people tried to walk out—even when it was shown on planes! Yet, he didn't surrender; he more than endured; he triumphed.

With this often hilarious, highly entertaining, and always on-point speech, audiences will be energized and motivated by someone with firsthand experience who knows "it ain't over till it's over." Everyone has the power to survive misfortune in their industry and generate sweet success.

Divining & Designing the Culture of Innovation

How do the most successful companies and leaders generate ideas, unleash the creative talent of their people, move innovative thinking throughout their organization while overcoming resistance, and have an accelerated time to market that leaves competitors in the dust?

Peter Guber draws from his four decades of successes in the creative industry of entertainment, innovating on all sides of the food chain—from working with creatives to corporate to partners, vendors, and audiences—in addition to leading or investing in cutting-edge early stage companies like Demand Media (where he's on the Board of Directors) and Geek Chic Daily. He also draws from his experience as reinventing sports teams and stadiums in professional basketball, baseball, and hockey to share first-person stories based on his demonstrated successes to provide the tools to change your Monday.

Be motivated by a masterful storyteller who will ignite and incite the culture of innovation and the tools to execute on it in your organization.

Storytelling for Business Success

Great storytelling is more than just entertainment; it is a highly powerful and vastly underutilized professional business tool. It is indeed the secret sauce that can propel your success—whether you are an executive, entrepreneur, sales manager, marketing and communications expert, artist, consultant, inventor, human resources professional, or assistant.

Unfortunately, by the time most people have entered business, stories as professional tools have been dismissed as too soft or suspect and have been replaced by soulless bullets and forgettable data. Yet, only stories and their telling can create the emotional experiences that make the important information embedded in memory, resonant, and actionable.

In this entertaining, enlightening, and informative keynote, Guber shares his methodology of how to employ the power of the oral story.

Leading & Succeeding In Uncertain Times

The rapid changes reshaping business today requires leaders who stay ahead of the curve, embrace uncertainty, overcome fear (which Peter Guber defines as "False Evidence Appearing Real"), and take informed risks by "flying in the red zone" where failure lurks but a greater opportunity horizon lies. Guber credits much of his tremendous business success in volatile times to heeding these navigational stakes in not one, but five different industries—from blockbuster, critically acclaimed, and award-winning movies like Rain Man, Batman, Gorillas in the Mist, and The Kids Are All Right, to owning among the most successful professional minor league baseball teams and stadiums (and now, as owner and co-executive chairman of the NBA franchise, The Golden State Warriors, is in the process of transforming this team under extremely uncertain conditions) to finding, investing in, and growing cutting-edge new media companies (such as Geek Chic Daily, Mandalay Digital Group, and Demand Media) to locating, developing, and selling highly profitable real estate ventures to holding a professorship at UCLA for more than four decades where his highly popular courses consistently sell out.

Be engaged by a creative entrepreneur with the demonstrated success to speak from first-person experience on surviving and thriving in uncertain times.

Thriving in a Culture of Risk

The biggest risk in the business world today IS TAKING NO RISKS. The rapid changes reshaping business require leaders who stay ahead of the curve, embrace uncertainty, overcome fear, and take informed risks by “flying in the red zone” where failure lurks, but a greater opportunity horizon lies.

Peter Guber credits much of his tremendous business success to heeding these navigational stakes. Be engaged by a creative entrepreneur who speaks from first-person experience about creating and thriving in a culture of innovation that will take any organization to the next level.

Sales – Aim at Their Heart Not Their Wallet

Relationships trump transactions. When trying to acquire customers and clients, you must aim for their heart, not their wallet. The heart is where hits are born. When your intention is to create a relationship, you put your attention on it. You move your listeners emotionally, embedding your call to action in a way that is memorable, resonant, and actionable. Your brand becomes a bond, your communication becomes a connection.

In this heartfelt and informative keynote, Guber shifts the focus off of the business transaction and shines the light on the powerful business relationship. He shares his experience and expertise in how to reach the heart of your customers and clients to build relationships that will endure for a lifetime.

News


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